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Heart Yin deficiency arises from various causes – see below – but wouldn’t arise without there being Heart Blood deficiency first, so please read up on that and its origins first.
This syndrome is not recognized in Western Medicine, although the symptoms are familiar to doctors.
The Western medical approach is to respond with a range of medications to steady the heart-beat and calm the mind.
They then often treat, as separate conditions, many of the symptoms listed below, like insomnia, dizziness and low libido - although individually these could each have a number of different explanations in Chinese medicine. Together, they mean Heart Yin deficiency.
Sometimes Counselling is recommended, but if the patient's symptoms are actually caused by this syndrome, treating it the Chinese way would work faster.
In turn, this syndrome is the basis for Empty Heat, which accentuates it while adding additional symptoms.
You may find some of these causes surprising, because they don’t seem so bad, especially if you are enjoying them! But we know how much children enjoy watching horror movies at midnight, even if the next day they are wretchedly bad company.
What you enjoy, even in a good cause, is still not always 'good' for your health: obviously, the occasional late night does few of us much lasting harm but when it becomes a way of life you may get problems.
1/ History of emotional problems over a long period. For example, sadness, fear, worry or anxiety for months or years on end.
2/ The menopause: the menopause occurs when a woman’s body stops making so much Blood and this can cause Blood deficiency.
3/ Always being active or ‘on the go’ or overworking – for years. This may seem a good thing when it’s you, but when it’s you, it’s hard to be objective about it. In Chinese Medicine, however, it gradually drains you, often weakening Heart Blood, then leading onto Heart Yin deficiency. This ‘on the go’ personality is often anxious and unable to let matters rest: everything must be just right before they relax, which of course never actually happens, because they always think of something else that needs to be done!
4/ Old people, who have experienced any of the above causes. As people age, their systems become less efficient. For example their Stomach Yang and Spleen Qi reduce, leading to poorer digestion, hence a tendency to Blood deficiency, which can lead to Heart Blood deficiency, then Heart Yin deficiency.
5/ After severe over-heating, which is termed an attack by exterior Heat, such as might occur in a fever from an infection or in a very hot country when your body lacks the means to cool itself. The Yin Qi and fluids of your body are consumed by the Yang heat and dried out. Old people and very young children are more susceptible to this.
Because there are underlying syndromes such as Heart Blood deficiency in this syndrome, other factors may need to be treated, (such as Stomach and Spleen qi for Blood, and Kidney Yin to support Yin deficiency), but in so far as we look at Heart Yin deficiency just in itself, the aim is to calm the Mind, and to tonify Heart Yin.
Points that tonify Heart Yin include Yinxi, HE-6 and Shenmen, HE-7. Also useful are Neiguan P-6 and Juque Ren-14 and Jiuwei Ren-15. Sanyinjiao Sp-6, Baihui Du-20 also have calming effects, the former by tonifying Blood and Yin, the latter by sending uprising Qi downwards.
For other Heart syndromes, click below.
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